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Panthers safety Charles Godfrey out for year with torn Achilles

By John Breech | CBSSports.com

Charles Godfrey suffered a torn Achilles while breaking up in the end zone against the Bills. (USATSI)
Charles Godfrey suffered a torn Achilles while breaking up in the end zone against the Bills. (USATSI)

As if the Panthers last-second 24-23 loss to the Bills on Sunday wasn't bad enough, now that news gets worse. The team announced on Monday that starting free safety Charles Godfrey will miss the remainder of the season after suffering a torn right Achilles in the loss.

Godfrey was injured in the third quarter of Sunday's game while trying to break up a pass in the end zone. "When I got back up and started walking a little bit more, I said, 'Man, it's probably a good idea that I go down," Godfrey said after the game.

Losing Godfrey is about the worst thing that could've happened to the Panthers secondary. The veteran safety has started almost every game for the Panthers since Carolina selected him in the third round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Godfrey has started 74 of the 75 games he's played in as a Panther.

Another safety on Carolina's roster was also banged up against Buffalo. Quintin Mikell suffered an ankle injury in the game and his status is currently up in the air for the Panthers game on Sunday against the Giants. If he can't go, the team will be extra thin in the secondary.

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